Amy Howard Bauhaus Buff Painted Headboard

I didn’t want to start this post without offering my heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you that sent sweet messages of love, support and encouragement to my family this past week. They really meant a lot. We’ve shared moments of total joy, complete sadness, bouts of belly laughs and hundreds of hugs over the past few days. The extra time together was exactly what we all needed.

I never imagined the night of the funeral while I was over two hours away my home on the island would be struck by lightening. Thankfully, there was no damage to the outside of the home or anywhere else on the property that we can tell. The inside is a completely different story though. From what we can best guess, lightening hit the well pump causing a surge to one of the breakers, which runs one entire end of the house. It was the end of the house with the big stuff like the master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage and unfortunately the home office.

It took a few days but power and water were restored to that end of the house. We’re slowly replacing all of the breaker fuses and electronic devices/equipment that were lost as well. I’m hoping by the end of the week we’ll be up and running without any glitches. There’s no way I could have stayed with my family for as long as I did had it not been for my bestie S and a text that read: House struck by lightening. The dogs are ok. I’m ok. No power to one end of the house. Breaker fuses fried. Electronics lost. Stay with your family. I can take care of this.

What a gift.

Ironically, I had my laptop with me. I thought I may have a bit of trouble sleeping while I was away and I figured could write a few posts during those sleepless nights. We’ve been steadily working on Loblolly Manor each week for a while now and I still have plenty to share with you.


Last summer, my mom found a pretty headboard and fell completely in love. It was a major departure from her usual traditional style. I may have mentioned before my mom had decided early on she wanted Loblolly Manor to feel like a European cottage. For months she has been collecting fabrics and finishes that represent her “light and airy” vision. I swear she used those exact words…”light and airy.”

So, you can imagine how this headboard caught her attention the moment she saw it at the thrift store. Cue the misty-eyed tears when she realized it was under budget.


Look at all of those details. Her “Frenchy look” was coming to life.


My parents hauled the headboard to Loblolly and placed it in the bedroom. The walls had long been painted in a color called Dessert Sand. She was so excited to start decorating the master bedroom. But as soon as they got the headboard in place, she realized it didn’t look good with the wall. The colors were just too similar.


After meeting Amy Howard at Haven, who was amazing by the way, my Mom picked up a few pots of her One Step Paints to try. We decided to paint this headboard in Bauhaus Buff, which is a beautiful white.


Then we used antiquing wax to highlight a few of the details.


The change was really subtle and beautiful, exactly the look she wanted.

Amy Howard Bauhaus Buff Painted Headboard

You guys already know my mom is the queen of layered bedding. I don’t know where she finds half of the linens she finds but this lady can make a bed. Here’s a sneak peek at how the master bedroom is coming together.

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Many blessings,


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  1. Dear CoCo – You know that we love you and our prayers have been with you during this sad and trying time. It always amazes us that funerals turn turn into family reunions of sorts. Sharing memories, love and good food.

    It’s unfortunate that your home had a lightning strike and all of the busyiness and stress that it entails.So glad that S was “on it” and the situation is improving.

    it’s easy to see where you get your design tenacity from! We love women with a strong sense of knowing exactly what they want…then going out and getting it. This headboard is absolutely beautiful! You and your mother did a wonderful job! Can’t wait to see more. Hugs and love to you our dear friend.

    1. You guys are the best and making me teary right now 🙂 It’s been a long week but I’m looking forward to better days ahead. We are SO blessed the damage wasn’t worse and everything we lost can be replaced. Thanks so much for all of your love, support and encouragement the past few weeks. You’ve been amazing. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Wow! Great headboard! I love the room, it’s beautiful!!

    1. Thank you so much, Angie, it’s exciting things are finally coming along! Hugs, Coco

  3. Liz Bonin says:

    CoCo, the bed (and bedding!) look amazing. Big hugs to you sweet friend. So much going on in your life! Sending good thoughts and love your way❤️

    1. I appreciate it more than you know, sweet lady! Thank you bunches for all of the hugs and sweet notes of encouragement.

    1. You’re so sweet, Kim, we feel really blessed the damage wasn’t worse. Thank you bunches for thinking of us. I appreciate it.

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